Solar Energy in Pennsylvania
An interesting fact that most people find surprising is that in June,
Pennsylvania receives just as much solar radiation as South Florida. To learn
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Renewables technologies have been making slow but steady inroads in Pennsylvania
and elsewhere. Pennsylvania has a small but growing solar infrastructure. The
state has a history of solar hot water heating dating back to the 1970's and
1980's, and recent studies show that the majority of system owners are satisfied
with them, reporting them to be not only low maintenance but also highly
reliable. Furthermore, examples abound of more recent cost-effective
installations of solar hot water heating systems in states with climates similar
to Pennsylvania's, such as New York, Vermont, Wisconsin and Oregon.
Pennsylvania is one of several states that have created universal service funds,
also known as public benefits funds or universal systems benefit funds, through
restructuring legislation. The funds support low income rate assistance and
conservation programs, as well as renewables research and development. However,
Pennsylvania's is the only law that has included renewables in its definition of
universal service, as follows: (Section 2803. Definitions, Electricity
Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act). "Universal service and energy
conservation: "Policies, protections and services that help low-income customers
to maintain electric service. The term includes customer assistance programs;
termination of service protection and policies and services that help low-income
customers to reduce or manage energy consumption in a cost-effective manner,
such as the low-income usage reduction programs, application of renewable
resources and consumer education."
The Pennsylvania Low-Income Renewables Pilot Program will provide
low-income households with access to reliable, proven, cutting-edge renewable
technologies. The technologies to be implemented in this program should not be
directly compared to traditional weatherization efforts. The goal of this effort
is to build an infrastructure now so that low-income households will have access
to this technology in the future.
U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization
Assistance Program Funds to support
leveraging activities. The Leveraging Project, operated by the Commission on
Economic Opportunity assists community-based organizations in developing
additional resources for sustainable/ renewable energy and energy efficiency
This encouragement of renewables development is based on a widespread
perception, shared by many states and the federal government, that the time is
right for renewables. The federal government has encouraged and funded
renewables development through a variety of initiatives, including the
Department of Energy's (DOE) Million Solar Roofs Program. The DOE has pointed
out that renewables can: reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil, improve
air quality, address climate-change concerns, expand international economic
opportunities for American energy-efficient and renewable-energy technologies,
and save taxpayer dollars.
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